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COVID-19: Who is getting getting the vaccine first and how soon can You have it?

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The Ministry of Health says it aims to vaccinate 1.25 million people between February and June. 

Health and care-home workers, security and immigration personnel, will be first in line to receive the vaccine, health ministry official Mercy Mwangangi told reporters. 

The second phase of vaccination 

This would involve 9.7 million people, comprising all those above 50 years old and those above 18 years old with underlying medical conditions, running between July this year and June next year.

The third phase  

Set to unfold concurrently with the second, aimed at 4.9 million people including those living in congested areas and seen as particularly vulnerable, Mwangangi said. 

The ministry plans to offer COVID-19 vaccine shots free of charge to Kenyans.

“In Kenya, particularly any vaccine that will be sourced through public financing, there shall be no payment by Kenyans. It shall be free,” Mwangangi told Reuters. 

The government on Friday said it seeks to have 16 million people vaccinated by June 2022. 

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